Head, Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section
Integovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO
Julian is currently developing the overall SDG 14 strategy for the IOC and sits on the UN Conference SDG 14 Advisory Group. Educated as an environmental scientist, he has more than 17 years' experience at the international level in the field of ocean sustainability, ocean governance and the implementation of ecosystem-based management approaches in various geographical locations. Working at the interface of science and policy, he has led a number of UN initiatives, such as the Assessment of Assessments (Pre-conception phase of the UN Regular Process 2006-2009 together with UNEP), the overall coordination of the inter-agency publication: Blueprint for Ocean Sustainability, in preparation to Rio+20 (2012, with FAO, IMO, and UNDP), the development of international guidelines on Marine Spatial Planning.
Pacific Islands Global Ocean Observing System (PI-GOOS) Officer
Tommy is based at the Secretariat of the Pacific Region Environmental Programme (SPREP) in Apia, Samoa, where he also serves as a member of the Pacific Meteorology Desk Partnership. He chairs the Pacific Islands Marine and Ocean Services panel, which advises the Pacific Meteorological Council on issues related to oceanography and research. He is also the project manager for the New Zealand Pacific Partnership on Ocean Acidification. His areas of specialty include ocean observing, marine instrumentation, marine chemistry and biogeochemistry, air-sea gas exchange, biogeochemical modeling, ocean acidification, and climate change. Tommy received a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Delaware. His research has focused on marine chemistry and biological productivity. Most recently, Tommy studied how seagrasses alter the chemistry of their surrounding waters during a post-doctoral fellowship.
Marine and Freshwater Ichthyologist, South Africa
Lucy is a marine and freshwater ichthyologist, with 16 years experience in southern Africa and the Western Indian Ocean region. She has previously been the regional Data and Science Coordinator for the UNDP GEF Agulhas & Somali Current Large Marine Ecosystems (ASCLME) Project for which she coordinated regional science, data and information management activities and Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) development for the project in nine countries. She has previously worked in South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Comoros, Kenya, Seychelles, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mauritius, Maldives and Madagascar on a wide variety of projects and programmes. These included stakeholder consultations, marine research expeditions, data management projects and the development of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), particularly for biodiversity, coastal resource mapping, aquaculture and conservation planning and long term monitoring in both freshwater and marine ecosystems. She has participated in GIS atlas projects at several scales including the African Coastal and Marine Atlas, a project involving participants from 16 African, European and North American countries. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Coastal Atlas Network and of the OceanTeacher Global Academy (IODE, IOC/UNESCO).